17 Days: The Story of Newspaper History in the Making
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- New York Daily News
During the seventeen days of the newspaper delivery strike in New York, the public waited in two hour lines on the streets outside of newspaper plants in order to buy the paper. Although the news could be listened to over the radio, and Mayor LaGuardia is shown reading a Dick Tracy comic strip over the radio for the "kiddies", this film primarily shows the extreme lines that people were willing to wait in at this time in history in order to receive the news in print.
Close-up of a hand tearing off the page of a calendar -- "Today is Saturday, June 30, 1945"
People exiting an underground subway station
A busy city street
A woman in fuzzy slippers steps out to her porch and picks up a bottle of milk and a newspaper
A crowded urban street with a busy newspaper stand
Nearly empty newspaper stands
Yellow text, "STRIKE!" on a blue background zooms towards the camera
Pedestrians crossing at 5th Ave. and 42nd Street (New York City)
Newspaper headlines swirl in double exposures in the frame: "Morgenthau quits cabinet, Battleships . . .Japan, Truman is off to Europe for Big 3 Conference, 1,000 Planes Lash Tokyo"
Man in an armchair, reading the newspaper, switches the dials on a radio
A woman in the same armchair, holds a newspaper and switches the radio dials
Radio announcers in front of microphones
Close-up of the lips of a radio announcer in front of a microphone marked, "WMCA"
Close-up of a switchboard, connections being changed
A sign with a red arrow, "New York Herald Tribune On Sale"
Shots from above of pedestrians walking on New York City sidewalks
Strikers wearing signs and pacing on the sidewalk
Men standing in a line on the sidewalk
". . .downtown, near the New Jersey commuting terminal", a line on a narrow street waiting to go into the telegraph building
Shot directly above panning along a two-person line
A line of people moving along 3rd Avenue
A boy sitting on the street reads a newspaper
"N.Y. Mayor LaGuardia Solves Newspaper Strike For Kiddies" (Fox Movietone News footage of Fiorello LaGuardia reading comics over WNYC radio station)
"Prepared by Jack Haney, Introduced by Lowell Thomas"
People entering a subway station
An American flag
The effect of a strike on the press. Direct sales from loading dock. La Guardia reads the comics; NY learned that if the newspaper could not go to the public, the public would go to the newspaper; ends with American Flag.
Excellent newsstands, commuters, pedestrians people streaming out of subway, and the newspaper business in mid-1940's in color! Also good shots of radio newscasters (call letters of stations on microphones: (ie. NBC, WNEW, etc.)
Fashions for the Office
Strangely angled shots of women in the office
Fire in buildings - huge plume of smoke
Shot of burning building - dark sky
More burning building - dark sky
WS Entire sky filled with smoke
Another WS of sky filled with smoke
Untitled, no sound
POV shot down at man's feet walking on sidewalk
Strange window reflection
Skyline of New York City from water
CU Comic strips
Bizarre scenes of Mayor LaGuardia reading the comics on the radio
CU LaGuardia: "And, so children what does that mean? It means that dirty money never brings any luck! Remember, this was the money that the dope peddler, the racketeer, had in a safe deposit box. This was dirty money, like a gambler's money. No, dirty money always brings sorrow and sadness and misery and disgrace."
LaGuardia goes back to reading comics.
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Subject: Not Today They Wouldn't
Unions havent changed tactics much though...they waited till the war was crescendoing to a dramatic victorious climax to stage the strike. Bravo AFL-CIO!
This film is laboriously repetitive and gets boring quite rapidly. Not one of the more entertaining ones.
Subject: Lots of footage of people standing in line to buy newspapers.